You should know

New members of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet have been sworn in today at an inauguration ceremony in Abuja. Those sworn in today include, economist Kemi Adeosun as the new minister of finance and former Lagos State governor Babatunde Fashola as the minister of power, works and housing, who will now have the responsibility of ending Nigeria’s electricity crisis (BBC Africa).

African and European Union leaders are meeting today in Malta at the Valletta Summit on migration. On the agenda, organizing and promoting legal migration channels and enhancing the protection of migrants and asylum seekers. AU + EU leaders will also discuss ways to, help African migrants send remittances home at cheaper rates (Quartz).

And tonight beginning at 1800 GMT, Dr. Jaliyyah Bello (@JaliyyahBello) will lead a Twitter chat to discuss the benefits of libraries and ways communities can work toward achieving goal #4 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Follow Dr. Bello tonight on Twitter and use hashtags #Libraries and #SDGs4.

Urban Centers

The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities held its own Twitter chat to discuss the challenges cities around the world are facing to become more efficient, accessible, safer, sustainable, and resilient for the future.  You can learn more about how individuals and organizations in Accra are working toward achieving its goals as one of the 100 cities in our ‘Road to Resilience‘ series and follow #Rd2Resilience on Twitter.

Biz Dev

Olivia Townsend (@liv_towns3nd) looks at recent research done on online crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and CircleUp and asks, ‘will crowdfunding smash gender bias in SMEs?‘ (CapX)

Identity & Culture

Academy Award nominated director Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) and her film distribution company are hoping to bring more African movies to the U.S. This month, her company, ARRAY, will release the South African coming-of-age drama, ‘Ayanda‘ to audiences in Los Angeles and New York (Essence).

And we remember legendary New Orleans R&B artist, Allen Toussant who died on Monday at the age of  77 while on tour in Spain (NY Times). Listen to this 2009 performance from Toussant recorded at New York City’s Village Vanguard (NPR Music).


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